Chris Kyle's career as a U.S. Navy SEAL sniper lasted only a decade, but he racked up more confirmed kills than any other sniper in U.S. history. Kyle obliterated the previous American sniper record of 109 confirmed kills during his career, racking up 150.
Kyle, like many Texas youngsters, was raised with hunting rifles. He was taught to shoot by his father and honed his skills in the Navy. In 1999, he began his career as one of the world's finest snipers. He even once recorded a 2,100-yard kill shot while under fire.
Nicknamed either "The Devil" or "The Legend" depending on if he's on your team or not, Kyle was also a family man. His wife Taya weighs in throughout the book on how they managed to juggle a home life, a family and a war. Kyle was honorably discharged in 2009, planning to spend more time with his wife and two children. Tragically, Kyle was shot and killed at a Chalk Mountain, Texas, shooting range in February 2013.
American Sniper is Kyle's autobiography, remembering in great detail the highs and lows of his four combat tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as his missions in other countries around the world. In writing his memoir, Kyle manages to talk about military involvement in the Middle East while remaining non-political. He talks of rescuing Marines under heavy fire in Fallujah, of being shot twice and of hand-to-hand combat with insurgents in Ramadi. He also openly discusses the pain and grief caused by losing two close friends in war.
Kyle penned American Sniper with the help of Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. McEwen is a lawyer from California. DeFelice is known for his biography of Omar Bradley, titled Omar Bradley: General at War. He has also written several fiction works, primarily military thrillers.
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From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time. Download and start listening now!